Memorial Day flags offer chance to honor any hero

Date Published: 
February 21, 2014

When Harriet Windsor drove through Lewes last spring, she was amazed to see 300 full-sized American flags waving together for Memorial Day.

That’s what she wants to bring to Route 113.

The Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club has begun its first Flags for Heroes fundraiser. People can sponsor a 3-by-5-foot flag to be displayed, honoring a hero of their choice.

With an initial goal of 300 flags, the Rotary will deck the lawns at Delaware Technical Community College and The Circle in Georgetown, plus Millsboro’s VFW Post #7422 on Route 113.

“When I saw it, I thought it was just so wonderful,” she said of the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club’s display, which was inspired by another club.

The large flags are also pretty eye-catching.

“They’re huge,” Windsor said. “It was beautiful. It was breathtaking. … I never went out there when people weren’t out taking pictures.”

As far as Windsor knows, Georgetown-Millsboro is one of fewer than 10 Rotaries doing this project.

“They could honor a military person, first-responder, or any heroes, past or present. It could be a mother or father,” said Windsor. One woman has honored her mother and father.

The flags will be on display for about two weeks, including on Memorial Day on May 26.

Afterward, the Rotary will wrap and store them appropriately and “with honor,” she said. They will emerge again next year to honor a new batch of heroes.

Orders are requested by March 1, and final sales will end in March. A person can sponsor any number of flags at $50 each. Checks can be made to Delaware Community Foundation, for a tax-deductible contribution, but all proceeds benefit the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary’s youth programs, scholarships and other community projects.

For more information, call Harriet Windsor at (302) 645-0596, write hsmithwindsor@gmail.com or visit www.georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org to place an order.